“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing” – Benjamin Franklin
Being a writer is not everybody’s cup of tea. It’s a god given talent which only a selected number of people are blessed with. The process of expressing your ideas, opinions and perspective through words itself is an art. Being a writer is not an easy task.it requires guts to be one as you are going to face rejections more than anyone else could face. Though people admire writers not many know about the struggles a writer goes through to put forward his masterpiece. The amount of hard work and perseverance it takes a writer to get his or her feelings into words is unimaginable. Being a writer I would like to share a few things about the life of a writer. If you are a reader try reading this article because you can only understand the other side of a story when you step into their shoes. And if you are a writer, read it and feel good on knowing that there are other writers who share your same story. Either way this is going to make you think…
1. Catching up with the deadline.
A writer cannot always produce their best piece of work within the given date. The last day is hell near and you’re still stuck with the first paragraph. You always begin with a positive plan, calculate the number of days left and also the time it will take to finish writing an article but these calculations prove to be of no use as you are bound to start with your work only at the last possible moment.
2. Sticking to the word limit.
The word count never really helps. When you’re asked to write a lengthy article you just don’t have anything to write about and on the other hand when you are supposed to write a short essay you end up writing 2-3 pages. It still stands undoubtedly to be a major problem for many writers. This struggle is always going to remain inevitable.
3. You’re still thinking!
You want to write about something and you also have ideas brimming inside your head but you’re still thinking, thinking and thinking because you really can’t figure out how to put words together and start. Though writers boast about their ability to express their feelings on anything and everything through words, this ability never comes to use when they really need it.
4. You write at your own ease.
I had my weekends completely free and when I could have written something, not even a single thought came to me. The other day my math’s lecture was going on and my teacher was talking about ‘calculus’ the most important topic of the semester!! Surprisingly an amazing idea comes to me and I am sorry I can’t help it. So I just flipped the pages of my notebook to the last and started writing my new article. Time, resources and ideas are not the only things that matter, writers can only produce their best piece of work when they have the mood to write. And I guess this explains the very fact that, “writers write at their own ease”.
5. Rewriting the whole stuff.
You just finished writing an article. You read and you re-read and if you’re not happy and satisfied with your work, you start all over again! Sometimes it’s just too hard to believe that in order to change one sentence or perhaps one paragraph, few writers end up re-writing the whole thing. As far as a writer is concerned the quality of his or content matters more than the time it took to produce it.
You have a whole lot of work to do, but you keep on postponing thinking that you still have so many days left. Which indeed is a very bad habit. If you are a writer and if this is your story, trust me you are incorrigible.
7. You put your heart and soul into your work.
Even if it’s a small poem or a prose you don’t really write out of need. You write with all your heart and all your soul. Nobody can stop you from writing your heart out and penning down your emotions. After all your pen is your most powerful weapon, it is mightier than a sword. Anything worth having is worth fighting for and a writer will stand against all odds and fight the world for his or her love for writing.
8. I wanna quit! But yet I carry on.
Often it becomes a headache and you are standing on the verge of having a nervous breakdown. You might even take a break in between but no matter what happens you come back and continue writing because it’s an inseparable part of your life. Calling it ‘quit’ is definitely not on the cards. It’s just a feeling that occupies a writers mind for the time being but the same feeling acts like a motivation to bounce back with an unbeatable energy. Writing is an inseparable part of a writer’s life.
9. It’s overwhelming when someone appreciates your work.
All writers want readers. At times they don’t get the expected response but even if one person tends to love what they wrote and if that makes him or her think then there’s no other greater joy in a writer’s life. At that moment you feel infinite. Writers love to make their readers undergo a change in their perspective. Although they don’t admit it, writers love criticism their critics are their biggest source of motivation. Anyone can make false praises but only the ones with a creative mind can raise questions. So writers are all open to criticism. Their critics contribute to their betterment and growth.
10. Being remembered as a writer would mean the whole world to you.
Like all humans want to leave their footsteps before they leave the earth. All those who write wants to be remembered for his/her works. It would mean the whole world to them if they are recalled by people as a writer. Even if a writer dies his works do live. The purpose of a writer’s life is to be remembered even after his death. Consider yourself lucky if you are in the company of a writer because they not only leave a powerful impact on others but also make sure that the people who inspired and motivated them to write will always be acknowledged. To put it in simple If a writer falls in love with you, you will never die.